A few years ago, my recruitment firm worked with a candidate who reached the offer stage with one of our multinational clients. As is their normal process, the HR asked the candidate to show them a payroll slip, just to verify his current monthly salary. No big deal, right? But when asked, the candidate went into a long, complicated explanation that the monthly salary he claimed was actually partially paid to him through expense reimbursements, taxi cards, and a mobile phone allowance. So he couldn’t produce a payroll slop with the amount he claimed. The HR said, that’s all right. He could just send a bank statement that showed the approximate monthly amount on it. He could black out all the other numbers.
All of a sudden, the candidate went from being the nicest guy to being extremely hostile. “What? How dare they!” “This is incredibly unprofessional!” “I have never heard of such a thing!!!” “What kind of company doesn’t trust their employees!!!” In my mind, I immediately thought, this guy lied about his salary. He can’t back up the numbers he claimed.
Because why would you get so agitated if you could easily meet the request? Sure enough, the candidate stopped responding to our calls. Odd, given that he was so excited about this company’s opportunity. Actually, we’ve seen other candidates similarly lie about their salary and end up having to give up an opportunity they really wanted. I remember this guy though, in particular, for his dramatic attempt to completely turn the situation around. As if the company was the one being unethically. I wish I’d left a message for him afterwards telling him he should get into acting!